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Nurse Support Program II (NSP II)

The Nurse Support Program (NSP)  is funded by the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) and administered by Maryland Higher Education Commission.  The goal of NSP is to increase the number of bedside nurses in Maryland hospitals.  NSP I is hospital centered while NSP II focuses on expanding the capacity to educate nurses through nursing education programs at Maryland institutions. 

The Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) initiated nurse education support funding (formerly titled the Nurse Education Support Program or NESP) in 1986 through the collaborative efforts of hospitals, payers, and nursing representatives. Originally, the NESP focused on supporting scholarships for college and hospital-based training of Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). In July, 2001, the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) implemented the first phase of the Nurse Support Program (NSP I) to address the short and long-term issues of recruiting and retaining nurses in Maryland hospitals. Hospitals were eligible to receive the lesser of their budget request or up to 0.1% of the hospital's gross patient revenue for the previous fiscal year, to be provided through hospital rate adjustments, for approved projects that address the individual needs of the hospitals as they relate to nurse recruitment and retention.

The NSP I exposed the inability of nursing programs to accept large numbers of students because of limited capacity due to nursing faculty shortages. The shortage of qualified nursing faculty was the fundamental obstacle to expanding the enrollments in nursing programs, thereby exacerbating the nursing shortage in future years. At its May 4, 2005, public meeting, the HSCRC unanimously approved an increase of 0.1% of regulated patient revenue for the use in expanding the pool of nurses in the State by increasing the capacity of nursing programs in Maryland. The NSP II funded the first projects for educational institutions and faculty development in FY 2006. On April 12, 2006, the HSCRC approved a one-year extension of the NSP I in order to provide the opportunity for staff to continue to evaluate and update the program. On April 11, 2007 the Commission approved a five-year funding of NSP I.  On July 11, 2012, NSP I was renewed for an additional 5 years. On March 7, 2012, HSCRC approved modifications to NSP II to include increased doctoral education support for greater development of new and existing nursing faculty. On January 14, 2015, NSP II was renewed for an additional five years of up to 0.1% of the hospital gross patient revenue.

Over the years, the Nurse Support Program, both NSP I and NSP II (originally Nurse Education Support Program) has been expanded to encourage new and innovative approaches to address the challenges and demands facing the nursing and allied professions. It has successfully met the needs of hospitals for nursing professionals and schools of nursing for educational capacity through faculty development to ensure qualified bedside nurses for over 26 years.

NSP II Outcomes Evaluation FY 2006 - FY 2015 and Recommendations for Future Funding

Competitive Institutional Grants are awarded annually by grant proposals. 

FY 2006 - FY 2016 Nurse Support Program II Abstracts

August 31, 2016
September 30, 2016
NSP II Annual Budget Summary (XLS) Final Report Template (DOC)
NSP II Annual Report Template (DOC) Final Report Budget Summary (XLS)
NSP II Budget Amendment Form (XLS)  
NSP II Project Amendment Form (DOC)  
NSP II Retention Metrics (XLS)  

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FY 2017  

FY 2017 RFA Competitive Institutional Grants

FY 2017 Application Annual Budget Request (XLS) FY 2017 Application Budget Summary (XLS)
FY 2017 RFA - Appendix A (DOCX) NSP II Technical Assistance (PPTX)
FY 2016  

FY 2016 Competitive Institutional Awards

FY 2016 RFA for Competitive Institutional Grants (PDF) FY 2016 Application Budget Summary (XLS)
FY 2016 Nurse Support Program II Technical Assistance Meeting (PPT) FY 2016 Application Annual Budget Request (XLS)
FY 2015
FY 2015 Competitive Institutional Awards FY 2015 RFA for Competitive Institutional Grants (PDF)

FY 2015 Nurse Support Program II Technical Assistance Meeting (PPT)

FY 2014  
FY 2014 Competitive Institutional Grant Awards (PDF) FY 2014 Nurse Support Program II Technical Assistance Meeting (PPT)
FY 2013
FY 2013 Nurse Support Program II Technical Assistance Meeting (PPT)

Statewide Initiatives will be administered by nomination processes.

** New Program Nurse Leadership Consortium (LC)
                               LC Nominee Information Form Due 08/31/2015

** New Program Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (CSRC)
                               CSRC Train the Trainer Nominee Information Form Due 11/30/2015

Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship

New Nursing Faculty Fellowships (NNFF) Information 
NNFF Nomination Form (DOC) Due 08/31/2015

Nursing Educator Doctoral Grants (NEDG) for Practice and Dissertation Research 
NEDG Nomination Form (DOC) Due 09/30/2015

For additional information, please visit the Nurse Support Program website at